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Last Summer With Maizon

Authors: Woodson, Jacqueline
Genres: Realistic Fiction
Topics: Friendship, Family & Siblings, African American History/Interest
Lexile: 620,
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
BISAC/Subject: JUV039060, JUV014000, JUV011010
ISBN: 9781101128138, Related ISBNs: 0399237550, 0698119290, 1101128135, 9780399237553, 9780698119291
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 144,
Audience: Children/juvenile
Synopsis: Margaret loves her parents and hanging out with her best friend, Maizon. Then it happens, like a one-two punch, during the summer she turns eleven: first, Margaret's father dies of a heart attack, and then Maizon is accepted at an expensive boarding school, far away from the city they call home. For the first time in her life, Margaret has to turn to someone who isn't Maizon, who doesn't know her heart and her dreams. . . .

"Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story of nearly adolescent children, but a mature exploration of grown-up issues: death, racism, independence, the nurturing of the gifted black child and, most important, self-discovery."(The New York Times)
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